Tuesday, December 29, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: #DTA: Participatory learning in virtual worlds. The project wall for teams For projects and project based learning (PBL) Can you do that online?

Participatory learning in virtual worlds
The project wall for teams
For projects and project based learning (PBL)
Can you do that online?
Engagement comes from active participation.  Working with a team on a project offers that potential.  Teamwork is a learned skill.

Why a project wall for teams?

Why online?

  • Avoid virus restrictions.
  • No travel needed, more time for work.
  • Work remotely
  • Available 24/7.
  • Walls can be expanded as needed.
  • Control who can see it: only authorized people can see it.

Why online for school?

  • Students can have their own offices and keep their own work there:
  • Increases student sense of participation and ownership of the project.
  • Encourages sharing of information and ideas.
  • Encourages informal discussion of parts of the project.
  • Encourages peer evaluation.
  • Available to parents and family--an an answer to "what did you learn in school today."

Use a carpet instead of a wall.

  • That's an advantage that virtual has over physical:  You can fly!
  • So you can lay out the project wall on the ground. 
  • And people can fly to get an overview.
Group project planning template
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  • The Illustration above shows a project map overview
  • Here the labels are slanted signs, so they can be read from ground or above.
  • I would use this arrangement for briefings and presentations also.
  • I would walk through the display commenting on the status of various steps.
  • I would probably make a video of the walk and commentary.
  • The video would be available for presentations anywhere.  
Planning template:
ground level view 

Briefing:early stage

  • Illustration of how a briefing would look:  
  • At an early stage, only the assigned persons and beginning action items are known.
  • As manager or teacher I might have assigned those myself.
  • They would probably be research categories, such as alternatives and past history.
  • It would be up to the team to develop subsequent action items.
  • The action item lists would be in notecards stored in the signs.  
  • As action items were completed, links to the products would be put in the notecards.
  • Thus the template is ready for a status briefing at any time. 
  • As teacher, I might tell the team to be ready for an update briefing every Friday.  



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